my friend and I thought it was absolutely amazing in the under-10 category! but only available sporadically from trader joes....
We love red blends. Apothic, Concannon Crimson Clover out two favorites -- both vanilla, cherry, leather, mild tannins. Tis is similar after 30 minute decant. Better day 2.
My taste for wine is problematic in that it is voracious and, really, far too expensive for my income bracket. But generally, a trip to Trader Joe’s’(?) wine section will yield a serviceable bottle of wine in the $10-$25 range. The wine is rarely the sort of mind-blowing oenophilic experience that inspires worship and reminds me why my emphatic snobbery developed, but it’s good enough to keep me interested (sort of like that really cute boy who calls just often enough, so you never completely lose the desire to stop texting him suggestively at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. But again, I digress). The last time I went to Trader Joe’ s, an employee enthusiastically directed me to Tribunal, saying, among other things, that it tastes more expensive than it is (although at $10, that doesn’t mean much) and that he intended to buy as much of it as possible. The label depicted macabre-looking illustrated animals deliberating in a courtroom setting, and, despite the fact that I do not drink blends (aside from Tiganello, which I have only had the fiscal good fortune to enjoy once), and do not care about clever labels or names, I was intrigued enough to purchase a bottle. Also, did I mention it was only $10? Taste-wise, the wine was… …. Wait. Let it breathe a little longer. …Oh. Not bad. But see, the problem with blends is not that they generally taste bad; it’s that they have no specific character. Tribunal is a 9-grape blend, so I’ll be damned if I can discern any assertive varietal characteristics (and I suppose, knowing what I did about it, it was silly to approach it in that way). It simply tastes like a somewhat tannic, sweeter-than-dry blend of wines, almost like I got bored and decided to perform my own boozy alchemy with half-open wine bottles strewn about my kitchen that were in various stages of oxygenation. It’s certainly not offensive (actually, it’s pretty palatable), but it’s confounding in its lack of specificity. Real wine tasters usually attempt to draw an image of the wine by describing notes their palates detect. But I could not do that with this wine—instead, the most apropos comparison I can conceive is that of the 9-Layer Dip: it all melds into one indiscernible, pleasant flavor. Inevitably, you will pick at it absently, consequently consume too much, and then will be laid waste to the overpowering effects of your own gluttony. But, you won’t remember it the next day.
Food Pairings for Tribunal Cellars
<p>Produced by Tribunal Cellars in Kenwood, California, this red wine is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel,Petite Sirah, and Sangiovese.</p>